Registration Opens August 20 for Rescheduled 110TH Annual Dipsea Race on November 7
The 110th Dipsea Race will be held on November 7, 2021
At long last registration for the 110th Annual Dipsea Race begins Friday, August 20.
The 110th race, originally scheduled for June 14, 2020, was postponed last year because of the pandemic and rescheduled this year from June 13 to Sunday, November 7, because of ongoing public safety health concerns and uncertainties related to COVID-19 restrictions.
It is the first time in 82 years the historic trail race has been staged in November. It is traditionally held the second Sunday in June. This year’s race will have a new starting time – 8 a.m. – in downtown Mill Valley.
First contested in 1905, the Dipsea is the oldest trail race in the United States. Due to the pandemic, 2020 was the first year since 1945 that the grueling 7.5 mile trail race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach was not held. The Dipsea Race was cancelled from 1942-1945 because of World War II and military operations on Mt. Tamalpais.
The last time the Dipsea race was contested in the month of November was November 26, 1939, the latest race date in Dipsea history.
Beginning August 20, race applications for the 110th Dipsea will be available by visiting the race website: www.dipsea.org. Any runners who qualified for Dipsea Race Invitational Status at the 2019 race will be automatically qualified for the Invitational Status for the 2021 race.
Registration closes Friday, September 3.
The last Dipsea race, on June 9, 2019, attracted competitors from 28 states and five foreign countries.
Four-time Dipsea champion Brian Pilcher, 64, a retired real estate financier from Kentfield, CA, is defending champ in the unique race, which is limited to a field of 1,500 runners who are given head starts based on age and gender.